Are You Up for the Challenge? Family History Writing Month Begins February 1st

The Family History Writing Challenge is back for 2013…and it’s going to be so good!

Are you staring at years of genealogical research data, boxes of old photographs, and stacks of notes about your ancestors?  Why not take 28 days and turn those names, dates, places, and anecdotes into a fabulous family history narrative?

The Family History Writing Challenge will take place February 1st – February 28th. Make a pledge to write want you want, how you want–for 28 days. The event will be hosted by Lynn Palermo at The Armchair Genealogist Blog.

It basically works like this:  You sign up for the challenge, choose how many words you commit to write each day (250, 500, 1000), and then start writing.  You’ll receive daily writing prompts, inspiration, reminders, tips and links to instructional content from genealogists, published writers, and editors.

I’m honored to be providing one of the guest posts for this series.  

To sign up, click here.

Happy Writing!

Here is the official press release from The Armchair Genealogist:


The Family History Writing Challenge Motivates Members to Write Their Stories

For Immediate Release                                                   
Contact : Lynn Palermo

The Family History Writing Challenge returns for the third year of motivating family historians dedicating daily time for writing their family history stories.

Family historians wishing to take up the torch of writing their stories are encouraged to put down the microfilm and pick up the pen for the month of February, and start writing their family history stories.
Upon signing up for The Family History Writing Challenge, participating members are invited to declare a goal in the form of a word count and to commit to completing that word count during the 28 days in February. In exchange for the commitment, Lynn Palermo (The Armchair Genealogist) host of the month long challenge will send out daily newsletters that include motivational messages, writing lessons, along with instructional guest posts by leading genealogists, published authors and editors.

Lynn Palermo states, “by committing to a daily word count my hope is for all participants to make substantial headway in their family history writing goals and to create long lasting writing habits that will carry them forward throughout 2013.”

Lynn encourages members to sign up early to take advantage of the January newsletters that will help participants organize themselves to begin writing on February 1st. A forum for the event is available to participants who want to exchange ideas, struggles and successes in a more intimate atmosphere.

Special guest authors include certified genealogist, author and writing instructor Sharon DeBartolo Carmack from and author, speaker, genealogist and writing instructor Lisa Alzo from The Accidental Genealogist. Guest posts also include writer, educator, historian Biff Barnes Editor at Stories to Tell Books, author and writing coach Tami Koeing from Your Story Coach and Mariann S. Regan, author of the family memoir Into The Briar and Patch and blog. Lynn Palermo suggests participants should watch for future developments in coming weeks, as this list was not complete at press time.

Family historians who wish to participate in the challenge can sign up or learn more about the challenge at The Family History Writing Challenge website. The event will run from February 1st-February 28th.